A Story about Josef Warkany
"Of Dreaming on Solid Grounds"
In 1957, Dr. Josef Warkany, at the request of the then President of the March of Dimes Foundation, Mr. Basil O'Connor, set the course of the Foundation from polyomelitis toward the study of birth defects. In 1959, Dr. Warkany became the first President of the American Teratology Society dedicated to the study of environmental causes of congenital malformations.
In 1986, Dr. Warkany was honored as the first recipient of the March of Dimes Basil O'Connor Award in recognition of his outstanding scientific contributions and medical achievements. Among these achievements is the elimination of acrodynia, once a painful common disorder of childhood resulting from chronic mercury poisoning from the use of once popular "teething powders".
In Mobile, Alabama (1990).
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